Where fidelity and joy meet in prayer and study

The Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake promotes the liturgical life of the Church through its academic degree programs, publishing, research and special projects.

Its thorough formation prepares men and women for service in the Church’s liturgical life at the parochial, diocesan and university levels, and includes intelligent participation in the Church’s liturgical life through the daily celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

The Institute’s doors open to the wider public several times each year for lectures and conferences, and its innovative and scholarly publishing imprint, Hillenbrand Books, advances the Catholic theological tradition in the areas of liturgy and sacramental theology.

  • “The Liturgical Institute challenged me academically and pastorally through professors, guest lecturers and classmates, putting me in touch with Catholic culture—through the centuries and around the globe—in a way that has proven invaluable to my work with Catholics across the world.”

    Ms. Claire Gilligan, MA(LS)Alumna, Class of 2011, Magnificat, USA Magazine
  • “Liturgy is the Church worshiping God, and the heart of the liturgy is worshiping God as he wants to be worshiped. The Liturgical Institute was started to strengthen the influence of sacramental theology in liturgical studies.”

    Cardinal Francis George, OMIFounder of the Liturgical Institute
  • “The Liturgical Institute is a jewel in the crown of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, and one of the very best places in the country to receive formation in the Catholic liturgical tradition.”

    Very Reverend Robert BarronRector, Mundelein Seminary, University of Saint Mary of the Lake
  • “Pope Francis has called us to a new evangelization along the via pulchritudinis—to win souls to Christ through beauty, especially the beauty of holy and sacred liturgy.
    The Liturgical Institute is a direct response to that call, and I, along with many other bishops, am very grateful for your work.”

    Most Reverend James ConleyBishop of Lincoln
  • “I want you to continue to implement the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council, and I want you to continue the good work in the liturgy begun by Pope Benedict XVI.”
    —Pope Francis to Cardinal Sarah

    Cardinal Robert SarahPrefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Our Passion: What We Offer

Degree Programs

Graduates of the Liturgical Institute serve the Church in many different capacities. Each program prepares graduates for the unique needs of each unique liturgical apostolate.
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Annual conferences, chant workshops, Hillenbrand Lectures and special events provide an opportunity for everyone to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the Church's prayer.
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Hillenbrand Books

Named in honor of liturgical pioneer, Monsignor Reynold Hillenbrand, the Liturgical Institute's Hillenbrand Books offers titles in liturgy, sacramental theology and the liturgical arts.
Hillenbrand Titles

Latest Articles from the eJournal

"Without intelligence, there is no such thing as worship." Dom Virgil Michel, osb

Accipe Signaculum Doni Spiritus Sancti

On the Sacrament of Confirmation and the New Translation of the Ritual

To Evangelize the Culture

Virgil Michel on Liturgy and Social Justice

A New Appraisal

The Mundelein Psalter

The Paschal Mystery in the Rhythm of Daily Life